The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles' Highway Safety Office recently added an interactive crash locations map to its website.
Users can zero in on a particular year, from 2013 to the present, and on locations down to the street level, according to a press release.
For example, the map shows in 2016 there were 10 crashes reported on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel — three resulted in injuries.
The span has seen six crashes so far this year, including a fatal crash and another that resulted in injury, according to the map.
Additionally, searches can be narrowed by 21 different factors, ranging from alcohol-related crashes to ones where texting or cellphone use were involved.
The map shows six alcohol-related crashes happened so far this year in Chincoteague, including two that resulted in injury, for example.
“Educating drivers is an important part of crash prevention,” said Richard D. Holcomb, DMV Commissioner.
“This new feature allows Virginians to see where crashes occur most in their neighborhoods and the factors causing those crashes. With this information, you might use extra caution when traveling through a particular intersection or remind a new driver of the hazards of driving at an unsafe speed on a road near your home where speed-related crashes happen regularly,” he said.
Users can even see where deer-involved or moped-involved crashes happened, or search by the age range of the driver involved — teen, under 21, or over 65.
Additionally, multiple factors can be included in a single search — for example, a person could search for all alcohol-related crashes involving a moped in their neighborhood.
A color-coded legend tells whether a crash involved only property damage, resulted in injury or was fatal.
Clusters where multiple crashes happened within the chosen time period are shown separately on the map.
The map's features are part of the Highway Safety Office’s Traffic Records Electronic Data System, or TREDS, which centralizes all Virginia crash data. The public first gained access to the data system on the DMV website in 2011.
No personal driver information is published.